The News Outlet expands reach into Cleveland, Cincinnati

Distracted Driving

A series of stories on distracted driving in Ohio

Youngstown children second poorest in nation

In the city of Youngstown, 63.3 percent of children live in poverty, according to census numbers. That’s the second worst rate in the United States.

Few respond to first question in Columbus Exchange project

Concussions: Paying the Price

A series of stories on concussions by the Youngstown State University's journalism senior project class



Morgan Porada of Struthers holds the luminaires for her two sons during the Gianna’s Light sixth annual Candlelight Memorial for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Matt Hawout/ Local infant mortality rates worse than in Third World countries
Ohio is near the top of the list of infant deaths in the country. Mahoning County is near the top of the list of counties in those deaths.
IMG_1264-web Local, state officials attack infant deaths by the numbers
Mahoning County health officials have a plan to reduce the number of infant deaths. Improving mother’s health and birth spacing are the first two plans of action.
A year ago Bishop C. Shawn Tyson, pastor of Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, told members of the Idora Neighborhood Association, that his church was ready to build a “Dream Center” on the former amusement park location. By October, he hinted that the project could break ground “as early as spring of 2014.” To date, nothing has been announced or built. Jessica Mowchan/ Idora Park property – 29 years and waiting
Since 1985, the owner of the Idora Park property has promised to develop a City of God on the site. After 29 years, the property sits idle. Now, the owner Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, may ask the community for financial help to kick start the development.
News Outlet interns, staff and faculty meet weekly to discuss progress on joint reporting projects. A recent effort looking at the Ohio Board of Education recently won best explanatory journalism honors from the Associated Press. Jessica Mowchan/ News Outlet/Beacon Journal BOE package wins AP journalism award
The News Outlet, based at Youngstown State University, has once again earned state honors for the journalistic work done by its staff of student reporters. Editors and writers from across the state gathered May 19 at the Easton Hilton, Columbus, for the 2013 Ohio Associated Press Media Editor’s Newspaper Awards. The Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet earned second place for Best Explanatory Reporting for a package looking at the Ohio Board of Education in Division V. This division includes the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cincinnati Inquirer, the Columbus Post Dispatch and the Toledo Blade. The judges were media peers from other states.


Nicolette Pizzuto, News Outlet Intern (Dustin Livesay/ Youngstown drivers nearly triple expected rate of cellphone use
We’ve all seen them – distracted drivers using a cellphone. National and state traffic safety officials say it’s a problem. So, The News Outlet decided to find out how much of a problem. Here’s Billy Ludt with the first of a three-part series.
Image captured using a GoPro camera in side the car during the 45-minute drive. Regina Spicer, owner of New Beginnings Driving School in Euclid, went on a 45-minute ride with
reporters and spotted 14 drivers using cellphones. Front seat – Regina Spicer (left), William Ludt (News Outlet reporter); back seat – Dave Davis,
YSU journalism professor and News Outlet advisor. During short ride-along, expert spots 14 drivers using cellphones
Despite a state law banning the practice, there are still some Ohioans who text while driving. Even more will talk on their cell phones while behind the wheel. Reporters with The News Outlet wanted to see how many – so, they went on a ride with a driving instructor. Here’s Jay Jackman with more.
Dave Muslovski was an avid fisherman and owner of Iron City Wood Products in Youngstown.
Before he died, he had been on a health kick, which included walking to and from work – an 18-
miles round trip. Muslovski family works to toughen texting, driving laws
Tina Muslovski Yanssens of East Palestine is on a crusade to toughen Ohio’s laws after a texting driver killed her father. Reporters from The News Outlet spoke with her at her father’s business in Campbell. John Veauthier reports.